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On their journey to the West, monk Tripitaka (Masako Natsume) and his
companions Monkey (Masaaki Sakai), Pigsy (Tonpei Hirari) and Sandy (Shiro
Kishibe) pass through a town where all the male villagers have been
obsessed by a gambling demon, and are now spending all their time in a
nearby casino losing everything they have instead of doing thier work.
Tripitaka promises the women, who have been left behind to do all the
work, to help, however, he is ill-advised to send Sandy and Pigsy, who are
prone to a bit of gambling, to the casino instead of Monkey, who doesn't
care about it at all.
Soon enough, Sandy and Pigsy have lost everything they got (which
wasn't much to begin with).
They make up a plan though to get back their belongings: They turn
Monkey into a dice (Monkey can do that) and have him control the game.
Monkey though plays along only until they get back what belongs to them,
then he quits ... but Pigsy, as usual the weakest link, doesn't want to
stop here and soon is persuaded to gamble for a pretty girl - and his
wager is Tripitaka himself ... of course, Pigsy loses, but when the
gambling demons men come to fetch the monk, it all culminates in a magic
battle that also involves cloud-surfing. Of course, in the end good
triumphs over evil ...
Of course, this TV-show is childish to the hilt, and most of the
effects are rather cheapishly done and lack conviction - but the show is
also immense fun (in a childish way), full of glaring colours, outrageous
plot twists and weird 70's designs. It's nothing big on one hand ... but
then, it's highly entertaining on the other, provided you are in a